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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is the only major city-wide newspaper in Saint Louis, Missouri. Although written to serve the Saint Louis metropolitan area, the Post-Dispatch is available and read as far west as Springfield, Missouri.


The newspaper was founded as the St. Louis Post and Dispatch by owner and editor Joseph Pulitzer. Its first edition, 4020 copies of four pages each, appeared on December 12, 1878. Upon his retirement in 1907, Pulitzer wrote what is now referred to as the paper's platform:

"I know that my retirement will make no difference in its cardinal principles, that it will always fight for progress and reform, never tolerate injustice or corruption, always fight demagogues of all parties, never belong to any party, always oppose privileged classes and public plunderers, never lack sympathy with the poor, always remain devoted to the public welfare, never be satisfied with merely printing news, always be drastically independent, never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory plutocracy or predatory poverty."

Since his retirement, generations of Pulitzers have guided the newspaper.

The paper's 125th anniversary included some highlights of the paper's stories of St. Louis:

Since February 11, 1901 the paper has included the Weatherbird on its front page, a cartoon of a bird posed and attired to reflect a topical comment of the day, next to the weather forecast. In the 1920s, Louis Armstrong twice recorded ragtime duets named after it.

Its major competitor until the 1980s was the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.

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